Mobile Computers

Mobile computing involves interaction between the user and a small, portable computer device that can be used on site or in the field. The main aspects that comprise a mobile computer are: hardware, software, operating system and communication/wireless service provision. Modern mobile computers also often feature a raft of features; including camera, barcode scanner, phone and Internet access. This coming together of what have historically been features available on separate devices, is often referred to as Convergence.

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Plobal joins Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help ecommerce merchants grow mobile revenue

Plobal joins Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help ecommerce merchants grow mobile revenue

As mobile becomes the default shopping device, Plobal gets on board the Shopify Plus Technology Partner Program to help high-volume merchants increase mobile revenues by engaging their most loyal customers

Smartphone adoption to drive ecommerce activities in Latin America to 2023, says GlobalData

Smartphone adoption to drive ecommerce activities in Latin America to 2023, says GlobalData

The increasing availability of connected mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are one of the main growth drivers for ecommerce activities globally.

TouchStar launches the rugged TS8200 and TS7200: The next generation in Android handheld and truck mounted devices

TouchStar launches the rugged TS8200 and TS7200: The next generation in Android handheld and truck mounted devices

UK-based manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, TouchStar Technologies, has announced the latest addition to the TS Series product suite, the android TS8200 handheld and TS7200 truck mounted terminal.

Smart shopping malls thrill visitors, drive profit

Smart shopping malls thrill visitors, drive profit

Shaping visitor experiences to maximise money spent. Driving in-store sales through smartphone notifications. Justifying premium mall rents with hard traffic data and lowering operating costs. These are just a few benefits of making shopping malls smart.

Memor 10 rugged mobile computer by Datalogic: Dare to be smart

Memor 10 rugged mobile computer by Datalogic: Dare to be smart

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the Memor 10 rugged mobile computer, one of the few rugged devices validated by the ‘Android Enterprise Recommended’ program from Google.

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

Utopia Furniture Group has rolled out a 5 in 1 cloud-based system from BigChange that combines mobile apps including electronic POD and vehicle tracking, with customer relationship management system (CRM).

Centrica equips Its engineers with 7500 Panasonic rugged tablets

Centrica equips Its engineers with 7500 Panasonic rugged tablets

Providing its service and repair engineers with improved ways of working and communication to enhance customer service.

Sometimes smart is not smart enough: Why Handhelds are superior to Smartphones

Sometimes smart is not smart enough: Why Handhelds are superior to Smartphones

Companies today increasingly need to incorporate new technologies into their business processes and supply chains. Only then can they assert their position and are thus able to grow.

The significance of the iPhone Xr in a maturing smartphone market

The significance of the iPhone Xr in a maturing smartphone market

By Wayne Lam, principal analyst, mobile devices and networks, IHS Markit.

Toward the end of the Series 4 Apple Watch and updated iPhone Xs launch event in September, and after the initial fanfare of the introductions, CEO Tim Cook mentioned there was “one more thing” to be revealed.

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's ultra-rugged, mobile computers for distribution centres now feature terminal emulation software to help workers perform their tasks more efficiently via user-friendly and intuitive device interfaces.

Mobile computing

 

Today with the proliferation of a new generation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PDAs, the emphasis is increasingly shifting to mobile and multi-device user experience, mobile social computing, next generation mobile solutions, mobile cloud services and infrastructure. Information that is readily available on a personal device anywhere, anytime has been the driving vision of mobile computing for the past two decades.

 

Mobile computing has three aspects: mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. The first aspect addresses communication issues in ad-hoc and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. The second aspect is on the hardware, e.g., mobile devices or device components. The third aspect deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

 

Rugged Mobile devices and PDAs are used in field service and workforce management applications. They are particularly useful for field service engineers recording work in the field, communicating information back to an office environment -sending and receiving invoices, ordering parts. They are commonly used in parcel delivery with couriers using these devices to scan barcodes and record signatures as proof of delivery.

 

Innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient portable hardware and adaptive software, has enabled a massive growth in the use of these devises for businesses across the enterprise or for personal and social use. These devices are now so versatile that employees are using smartphones for business applications (BYOD –Bring Your Own Device)

 

This phrase has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

 

BYOD Security - Employees using personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, pose a security risk. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

 

Email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their smartphones and tablets. Hot spot access points for Wi-Fi connection are becoming more prevalent and widespread, even in London`s underground network.

 

Cloud computing is evolving as a new paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. The confluence of hardware virtualization, cloud and mobile computing drives the new era of mobile cloud computing. Platforms such as android, iOS, Windows 7 erodes the power of computing platforms like Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS and is creating cross platform app centric environment in which end-users and in particular the consumer marketplace will drive developments in business computing. There are endless possibilities that can be brought about with the mobile cloud in the near future.

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